According to American Psychological Association, Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
Overexposure to the trauma response can result in the development of maladaptive coping mechanisms, nervous system dysregulation and chronic illness.
Types of trauma include:
According to Aces Too High, "ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a groundbreaking public health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence."
Multigenerational Trauma occurs as a byproduct of ACE's. If there are no systems in place to mitigate the impacts of trauma, it will then be passed down through the DNA to offspring, allowing the cycles of trauma and subsequently chronic illness to flourish. The documentary below outlined how members of historically oppressed groups inherent trauma from their ancestors.
Healing Trauma to Heal Chronic Illness
After taking the ACES Assessment, find the holistic health services that will work for you. Services that are designed to heal DNA and therefore Multigenerational trauma will be marked with an "*"